Wednesday, September 24, 2014

WIP Wednesday: house, health, and other things

So, a little over ten days ago, I broke my right ring finger in a hockey game - field, not ice.

Link to picture - it's not badly broken - just the tip of the finger, and it just looks bruised and swollen.

It's healing, but I haven't been able to do anything while it's healing. I can kind of type, but even that gets tiring when you're used to touch-typing with ten fingers. Hunt and peck is painstakingly slow, even if I'm not doing that much hunting across the keyboard.

So, not much progress on anything: house or sewing. It's a touch frustrating: I'm not used to doing nothing.


I got back two quilts from Joanne's Custom Quilting in Thirroul - Sweetwater Town Hall, and Twisting Diamonds - but haven't yet taken photos of them. It might have to wait a bit, what with the finger - trying to arrange quilts with a broken finger is not either easy or comfortable.

mystery project 1

I bet these arrows are so much easier and more precise when paper pieced! #argh

More to be shown when it's done.

lions and tigers and ibex, oh my!

Sewing (very, very carefully) with clover clips. #lionsandtigersandibex

A compactible shopping bag pattern I was working on before I did the finger. Ground to a halt, of course. *sigh*

To Do

0. wait for finger to heal up, at least to the point where I can use it without pain
1. pack house (hard to pack with a broken, swollen/sensitive finger)
2. get Aussie Handmade Birthday Card out the door with apologies (gift to follow)
3. get Supernova Block Swap out (I made them, I put them in an envelope...and now I can't find the drat thing...)


I don't do inactivity well.

I hope you've been more productive than me! (Not difficult, admittedly.)

Linking up to Lee's post at Freshly Pieced!

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

WIP Wednesday: the one with THE NEW HOUSE!!


Rainbow Gingham!

See You In September

Full post about how this quilt came about is here, in my See You In September post.

Heirloom Quilt

And this is finally finished! I sewed the border together on Monday night, and it was all ready on Tuesday for photos at the NEW HOUSE!

See You In September

That's the front yard, and this is on the verandah out the back:



It's going to be a quiet September - at least on the WIPs front - due to the house renovations, packing, and projects that have to remain secret (birthday exchange, Make Modern Magazine project).

In the spirit of winding down (ahahahahaha!) I have only 4 Things To Do for September!

4 quilt borders
3 supernova blocks
2 birthday exchange gifts
1 Make Modern Magazine mystery project

In between packing and moving, of course.

Because we settled on Monday and got the keys just yesterday and we have a NEW HOUSE!

Two days!


See You In September

You're going to get tired of seeing this jacaranda in my photos: I promise!

See You In September

That's the kitchen. So many excellent spaces for photography! So much space and room for gardening things to happen!

This is the backyard - the hills hoist (clothesline) isn't going to be staying very long if I have my way. Either that or it's going to be turned into a growing structure for the grapes and the passionfruit...


But I really need to rig something that will let me put the quilt on the line on the porch and then lift the quilt up, suitable for taking pictures. A rope and pulley system, perhaps, that can be hoisted out of the way when the photoshoot is done...

Aussie Handmade Birthday Club

It's been a wonderful month of gifts from my Birthday Club - the ladies I'm with are all very talented and most of the presents have been beautifully made! I asked for practical presents and I'm so delighted to have received them. Baskets for putting bits and pieces in, a sewing carrybag that perfectly fits the bits and pieces for my Millefiori quilt, trivets/heat pads, a mug rug, and exquisitely made zippered pouches.

And the tote bag/zippered pouch below, complete with delicious fudge (chocolate, and irish creme)!

Beautiful (and tasty) happymail from @sewsforshoes, a pinch-hit for one of the #ahbcparty3 ladies who couldn't make it. Thank you so much!

Truly, I've been blessed in this swap! And now, it's my turn to gift others. I have a few ideas, one of which might actually be patternable, although that will have to wait until at least October.

Anyway, for people in the US and UK, the summer is gone and fall is here; for my fellow Australians, we're heading out of winter and into the warm and sunny again! So many things to do in the coming months!

BLOGHOP TIME: See You In September!

It's SPRING! *runs around like a little chickadee in season-warming glee*

Down here in Australia, it's the 1st September, and therefore also the first day of Spring. (Equinoxes, schmeequinoxes. We count the seasons by date, none of your planetary motions and solar proximities biz, thank youp!) And the weather here in Sydney has kindly taken on a lovely spring tinge. It will doubtless rethink this as September progresses, but for the moment, it's all happy and delightful and glowy.

And particularly because I HAS A HOUSE! SO HOUSE! MUCH EXCITE!

My sister and I bought a property together in suburbia. It's a lot smaller than our current residence (which we share with our youngest sister), so it's going to be a bit of a squeeze to get everything in there. And yes, I have a quilting workroom - although I'll be sharing it with my sister, half-half, so it will get rather squeezy in there at times.

Still, it's OUR HOUSE!

With a yard! A flat yard! That I can grow things in! (Since it's spring.) FRUIT TREES.

But you're not reading this blog for that. *coughs*

Madam Samm of SEW We Quilt runs regular bloghops, full of quilters, their links, and their creative outputs, and this one was run over the Northern Hemisphere summer with a fairly simple fiat: create three things, one of them with Riley Blake Designs Gingham. Be as creative as you want!

So, this winter (Southern Hemisphere) I made...uh...quilts. More quilts!

I know, it's not very creative in the 'expanding out of my comfort zone' way, but I haven't really had time to experiment very much in the last few months. I hope I will in the coming months, though!

Batik Bitsa Cushion Covers

I've had the fabric for these for a long time, but never actually got around to putting it all together.

See You In September

The first two cushions are made from off-cuts from the batik quilt which has been sitting on my bed for several years now. Their framing is (unfortunately) some polycotton that I thought would be good enough for making things out of. Note to self: polycotton cannot take the heat (of the iron) and should stay out of the sewing room!

They're small cushions - only 14"-15" - and will probably just lay around on my bed, being co-opted by the cats.

Snowflake Blossom Cushion Covers

The second two are from a pattern that I worked out a couple of years ago, and which I never managed to incorporate into a full-sized quilt - the Snowflake Block.

#snowflakeblock cushion cover #1 done! I like the "winter wind" quilting I did.

Looks pretty spectacular, doesn't it?

Looks even more spectacular with some colourful backdrop:


My sister's comment when she saw them was: "Are they for us?" Namely, were we going to get to keep them (rather than them being farmed out as gifts). Yes, they're for us. :)

Sea Breeze Mini

The Sea Breeze Mini Quilt pattern was developed by Megan of Canoe Ridge Creations, and when fellow Australian GnomeAngel asked for volunteers to participate in a bloghop, I figured 'oh, why not' in spite of the fact that work is crazy, house is crazy, and winter is always an exhausting time for me.

Yes, I have a problem with overcommitting.

Many wonderful artists joined in with the bloghop and quilt-along, and if you haven't seen them, I recommend a quick hop over to GnomeAngel's blog and the Sea Breeze MIni QAL to see how it all went!

My day to blog about the #seabreezemqal! It's all choppy seas and storm clouds, but there's clear skies coming, I'm sure!

I'm pretty happy with my resultant mini...even if I have no idea what I'm going to do with it now...

The Gingham Quilt

I know, dreadfully unoriginal name for it!

See You In September

I admit, I didn't read the requirements for this bloghop very well. I completely missed the whole bit about one project having to include RBD Gingham. And than I was horrified: GINGHAM?!?!?

After a few moments and a bit of searching on the intarwebs, I found a little roll of RBD gingham in rainbow colours. And a little imp suggested: "Why not make a gingham quilt out of gingham?"

I can't believe, it's not-gingham!

Part of the due inspiration for this goes to La Madame Samm herself, who painted her room gingham and showed us the process. The idea that gingham could be more than just a fabric weave was something I'd never considered before. (I'm afraid I don't usually spend my days contemplating gingham in all it's monochrome glory.)

I can't believe, it's not-gingham!

I worked out that the gingham pattern was nothing more than an endlessly repeating four-patch with one solid square, one white square, and two half-half squares, where the two half-half squares are always set diagonally from each other in the four-patch. The colours themselves are less important than the value difference between the fabrics.

I can't believe, it's not-gingham!

So rainbow gingham, rainbow prints (rather than solids), and white prints gets you a gingham quilt!

Sunny inside, rainy outside...

I rather like it in the pretty rainbow colours. And in the setting of my new house!

See You In September

So that's my post for the See You In September Bloghop! I hope you go check out some of the other posts from today and all the rest of the blog hop!

Wednesday, September 3

Sew Incredibly Crazy
Bumbleberry Cottage
Thimblemouse and Spouse
In The Boon Docks

Go wander, check out, leave comments, and generally admire the lovely projects (gingham and other) that us fabulous quilting ladies have done!